Semana Santa meant more work for cops

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo These are the lucky ones who got a chance to enjoy the waters of the Pacific this Semana Santa.

While many Costa Ricans enjoyed a week off, the law enforcement agencies were working overtime.

The Policía de Tránsito is taking credit for holding vehicle deaths below the 2011 level. There were just eight deaths, three fewer than the year before.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas said its members saved 46 persons who were at the point of losing their life in the surf. Costa Rican beaches can be treacherous, and even Costa Rican frequently forget this.

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo This is one of 34 ambulance flights made by the Dirección del Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea during the week.

Pilots of the Dirección del Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea of the security ministry spent 87 hours in the air transporting the injured and observing what was taking place mostly at Pacific beaches.

Ambulance flights included trips from Quepos, Golfito, Nicoya, Upala, Coto 47 and Ciudad Neilly, the ministry said.

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo When the beaches are crowded, Guardacostas officers have to use something other than boats to get around.

Much of the work for the week was preventative in trying to help beach visitors stay out of trouble.

The Guardacostas crews frequently patrol just off shore at a busy tourist beach. That way the patrol boat is there if a bather gets into trouble. And the crew also can chase down reckless boaters before they hit someone or something.

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